Here at Disney Parks, we are all part of the show. I’m a cast member, not an employee. My role – not my job – is to write for the Disney Parks Blog. And in the parks, our cast members don’t wear uniforms – they wear costumes. I’ve chosen some of my favorite Disneyland Resort costumes – and proudly modeled them myself. Your challenge: to name not only the land in which I work, but specifically which role I play in that land. I could work at a merchandise location, an attraction, a restaurant – who knows? It’s your job to figure it out – my job is just to look pretty.
So here’s your first challenge. Name that Disneyland Resort Costume!
I’ll be back later today with the answer and the story behind this purple paraphernalia.
UPDATE: Looks like quite a few of you gave the right answer – well done! Today’s costume is the one you’d see worn by the ladies who work in the New Orleans Square merchandise locations in Disneyland park.
This is one of my favorite costumes because I love the time and place it represents. New Orleans Square evokes the elegance, energy, culture, music, history and unique architecture of the famed French Quarter in New Orleans during the Golden Age of Jazz in the 1940’s. Patty Dunne, Manager of Costuming Design, explains that the fluid and dapper look of the costumes recreates the glamorous world of this era, a time when clothes had attitude and style.
In the early 1940s, for example, the clothing style for women were dresses that were tailored closely to the waist with a medium-full skirt and the hem just below the knee. The skirt pictured above features inverted box pleats which show a complementary floral fabric – a very fashionable look for the time.
Some of you may recall that the costumes for New Orleans Square merchandise were re-designed in 2005. Prior to this redesign, New Orleans Square was placed in an era toward the end of the 19th Century, similar to the theme of Main Street, U.S.A. Patty told me that creating a new look for New Orleans Square helped this land gain its own identity.